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  1. Just now, Knight of the Dinner Table said:

    I'm happy for Reaper, though the amount of pledges surprises me a bit. I have not yet seen that many things that I really want (guess 1000s of Kickstarter minis from different companies will make you jaded ... though dragonmen and catfolk are definitely calling my name). Maybe a lot of new people who don't have a stash as big as mine and want a "basic" foundation for the mini collection?



    Or possibly word has gotten around that Bones has improved in quality (with Bones 4 and Bones Black).

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  2. 7 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

    So far, B5 is ahead of every other Bones KS at this point of the game. 

    Well ahead of Bones 4, and just barely ahead of Bones 2.   I expect that it will continue to pull ahead of B2 as the day progresses. 

    One thing to note is that Kickstarter funding patterns have changed this year.  Many of the bigger Kickstarters have smaller finishing surges relative to their initial surges.

    That's not to say that Bones 5 won't finish higher than all previous Bones campaigns, but the medium isn't as predictable as in years past.

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  3. I created this mini a little while ago, but for some reason I missed showing him off.

    This is my chibi version of the Manhunter nemesis monster for Chibi Kingdom Death.  The core mini started its life as a cowboy robot from Rail Raiders Infinite, so he's come a long way to get here.

    For the base, I wanted to create a chibi version of a base that I had previously made for the proper Manhunter mini.



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  4. I see this the other way around.  I think Jasco is really laudable for attempting to clean up the mess the Space Goat left on the floor.

    Jasco doesn't have to have anything to do with the failed Evil Dead project.  But they're trying to pick up the pieces for the backers and the brand.

    Seriously, if this game funds, they're planning to deliver to all new backers as well as backers of the original project- and I think that's really awesome.  And Jasco have a strong track record and good reputation.

    I didn't back the first Evil Dead 2 project, but I'm definitely in favor of this game funding and delivering to all of those previous backers.

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  5. On 9/5/2019 at 8:11 AM, Balgin Stondraeg said:

    I know I should have written this earlier but I can't shake the feeling that the "production models" they were going to sue to make some cheap mould all came from that Eastern European recaster that they tried to shut down as soon as they began their campaign. That would be the greatest irony.



    If the production models did come from Cadwallon, then that would be one extra generation removed from the masters (because Cadwallon was using production models as their masters).  That's all speculation, of course, but since SD wasn't negotiating to get the masters from the people who got them from Rackham they probably just picked up the old models through Ebay and other internet sites.  In that case, a lot of their 'masters' probably did come from recasters.

    I really don't understand why they'd be selling the real masters like that in any case.  It just doesn't make any sense to me.

  6. 16 hours ago, Carnacki the Ghost Finder said:


    I grabbed a Black Friday Lantern from KD 1.5 on January 7th, the last day of the campaign.  They were limited but not timed.



    They were timed, but Kickstarter didn't have a feature to create timed EBs.  On Cyber Monday, they turned off new Black Friday backers by limiting the pledge to the number of people who had already grabbed it (more or less- I'm pretty sure he limited it to the next round number).  That meant that new backers could snatch them up so long as someone else dropped- and they often did drop them in order to go after some of the number limited pledges that they introduced throughout the campaign.

    I don't know whether that was possible with Trudvang as people dropped out, but I think it wasn't. I think Kickstarter has created more features to allow for timed EBs, meaning that they don't open up more of them as people drop out. 

  7. On 9/4/2019 at 7:06 PM, ced1106 said:


    KDM didn't have timed EB's, but limited number EB's. The difference is that timed EB's usually last 24 hours, while limited number EB's (which are no longer very popular) run out in as few a a few minutes. CMON used to have limited number EB's, and had them with the "big baby" Cthulhu figures in Death May Die. Middara and Etherfields had a free miniature if you pledged within the first 24 hours. AFAIK, These don't have the same effect as timed EB's, despite having a MSRP discount of $10+.


    Kingdom Death 1.5 used timed Early Birds.  They are labeled "Black Friday" rewards (I think they were available up until Cyber Monday).  I got one of those.

    Honestly, I think it is odd that timed EB discounts have such a different effect from timed EB bonus figures.

  8. 19 hours ago, Iridil said:

    Love the blue in her skintone and how you did her hair!



    Thanks.  The skin has a quite a lot of subtle color to it (the base is slightly bluish, the first layer of shadows are red, and the darker layers are blue.  I highlighted the skin up using first blue off-white then yellow ones).  I'm actually not sure how much of that comes through in the photograph.

    The hair was actually the thing that one of the judges criticized.  The thought that the highlighting was a little too square, and the colors weren't as varied and interesting as on the rest of the mini.

    (I take the criticisms as things to consider going forward, so that my next entries don't have the same issues as the last ones).

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  9. On 8/13/2019 at 9:51 AM, ced1106 said:

    What's different this time is the perception of a failed campaign thanks to, imo, normal behavior of timed EB's. Timed EB's cause fence-sitters to pledge in the first 24 hours, to "hold a spot" before committing to a pledge, rather than pledge during the middle of a campaign. Some of these backers decide, arguably prematurely, to drop their pledge if they see that the pledge is not a good value. Although the campaign may still be profitable (over $1M is better than other CMON campaigns that did not have timed EB's), the KickTraq graphs show net backers leaving, which doesn't look good in some backer's opinion. CMON compounded this problem by placing the stretch goals with the assumption that this momentum would continue. Given that we already have graphs of timed EB behavior (eg. Solomon Kane, EXO), CMON should have not made this error.



    Wow.  The timed early birds that I had looked at closely in the past were from Kingdom Death: Monster, Middara and Etherfields.

    In Kingdom Death, the timed EBs didn't seem to make any difference (it followed the normal third-third-third pattern, just with higher numbers).

    With Middara and Etherfields, it seemed to lessen the finishing bump, but didn't end up with long stretches of defunding.

    But looking at your examples- Kane and Exo- both bled a lot of backers for significant stretches of the campaign.  Were there other factors to differentiate those from other campaigns, or should we say that this funding pattern is squarely the result of timed EBs?

    In this light, I rather think that timed Early Birds are something CMON should never use again.



    I feel that most of the other complaints about CMON don't really apply to this campaign alone.  They've always been all about the FOMO, they've usually started out with one LE mini thrown in, and then start to throw in more extras until you've got whole expansions, etc.  They're always quite talkative during the campaign and have practically non-existent communication afterward.

    If those are major factors, I rather think they would have hit CMON before.

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  10. So, I was at Reapercon this past week, and after talking to some industry insiders about the Confrontation case, I discovered something.

    CMON still has all of the masters Rackham used for Confrontation.  Back when CMON was planning on relaunching Confrontation (I think they called it Confrontation Phoenix) they acquired all of the masters.  CMON approached Sans Detour about purchasing the masters from them.  After that, two things kind of happened:

    - Sans Detour told CMON that they could make due with the production models (probably to try and get CMON to drop the price)
    - CMON saw that the whole project was turning into a cluster**** and decided that it would be better to just not be involved.

    So- that tells us that Sans Detour is using production models to create their miniatures, with a generation less fidelity to the originals.  Essentially, the quality of a recast.

    (at least they are if they're creating them at all)

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  11. 18 hours ago, Clearman said:


    I just want to know if they were primed first.  :devil:



    I decided that gummies weren't too far off from Bones plastic, so I went without primer.  Most of the painters followed my lead.

    Cathy Wappel decided to prime hers, but the gummy reacted poorly to the primer, and gave the bear a sort of Nurglish effect.  Cathy embraced that a little, but then put a contrapuntal Hello Kitty over the face.

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  12. Number of entrants were strictly limited by the number of gummybears we had on hand.

    I should add that Aaron Lovejoy and Yeji Kim did the Judging in the First Annual Haribo Gummybear Paintoff.

    The winner was the blue one with the rainbow freehand.

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  13. On 11/8/2016 at 8:30 AM, Reaperbryan said:

    One thing to remember is that at home, in our local FLGS, or our quasi-regional painting groups we organize, we (you, not me) tend to be the best painter of that group. Your semi-weekly RPG group for which you paint all the PCs? You're light years ahead of the others. Your FLGS has a painting contest? You win hands down. Every time. And then you get to ReaperCon and all the flaws your FLGS & RPG-mates didn't see are obvious. And your technique that's 80% perfect and so much better than everyone else? Now you're competing alongside 95%ers. So many of us walk away from these challenges disillusioned, because our small sample size we used for comparison turned out to be hindering our growth by not offering us challenges.


    You, not me, because I have no illusions. The best mini i ever painted didn't even get a bronze, and I'm comfortable knowing that about myself.



    Yeah, there's a level of painter that I like to refer to as "Best army at the game store."  It means a person paints well, but at a level that doesn't compare to the top painters at Reapercon, Gencon, Adepticon, Salute, etc.  And I think almost all of the top painters spent some time at that level before they were able to step it up.

    I found the remedy for this in classes.  When I started taking some of the intermediate and advanced classes from the best of the best, I found that I got a lot better.  Especially pay attention to the things they teach that are a bit off topic.  And take every bit of feedback from the judges very seriously and incorporate it into your next set of entries.

    For me, my wife learned to criticize miniatures from the feedback I got, and I ended up some extremely high end sounding board for all of my entries.

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  14. On 9/2/2019 at 9:08 AM, nytflyr said:


    considering they only pick one of your entries to judge...




    They do look at all of your entries when they choose which one to judge, so a level of judging is already taking place. 

    But beyond that, there are quite a lot of awards for specific manufacturer pieces.  if you want to take part in every competitive category, it is worth having a Reaper Mini, a Reaper diorama, a Large Monster from Reaper, a Mousling a Dark Sword human, a Dark Sword human diorama, a Dark Sword Critter, a Dark Sword Critter diorama, a Chibi mini, a Bombshell babe, a Bombshell critter, a Frozen Ninja mini, a Paint it Pink entry, etc.

    And while you can enter overlapping categories with the same miniature, the judges are often different, and don't always agree with one another (some judging is very much based on technical merit, others are swayed by creativity, fun factor, expression of lore, style, etc.




    I have absolutely never heard of anyone entering every possible category at Reapercon, but there definitely are a lot of people who enter at least several categories.

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  15. I started using my face as my forum handle so that people can recognize me at cons.

    I'll answer to my handle, or pretty much every variation of it, but if you'd like to use my name, I'm Drew.

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